What's Up in CSD

Posted on: September 14, 2012

I wanted to share some of the exciting things going on in our Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders this fall. We are so proud to boast that our alumni graduating from our CSD program in the past two years have a 100% employment rate.

Our faculty continue to conduct groundbreaking research, and have made over 15 major scientific presentations within the last year alone. Their research is funded by a number of U.S. federal agencies including National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Findings from these research projects are garnering international attention, with key scientific associations scheduled to publish CSD faculty research later this year.

The strength of our Master’s program was further reflected in the recently completed review by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA), which has re-accredited this program until the year 2020.

Last month, Katie Strong was appointed as the M.A. Program Director and Mini Shrivastav as the Ph.D. Program Director in CSD. The department also welcomed two new doctoral students, Lisa Kopf and Elizabeth Weiland. With their arrival, the CSD doctoral program is up and running once again!

The department kicked of a monthly research colloquium series last Friday with Laura Dilley, Ph.D. presenting findings from her research showing how the perceived age of a speaker impacts several clinical judgments of speech. We will continue to invite speakers to discuss their research on various aspects of speech, language and hearing. These colloquia are scheduled on the first Friday of every month and are open for anyone to attend (in Oyer 107 11 a.m.-12 p.m.). 

For students interested in CSD, we’re offering two opportunities to learn more about our programs this month.

On October 7, we will be holding an open house for students interested in CSD’s study abroad program to London and Edinburg. Having completed its 29th year, this 5-week program is perhaps the longest running study-abroad program of its kind anywhere in the country. It is sponsored by a generous gift from Dr. Leo Deal, one of our faculty and department chairs.

On October 19, we will be holding an open forum for students interested in pursuing their M.A. degree, which trains students for careers in speech-language pathology.

Our CSD program has made tremendous strides in the past year. Join me in celebrating their success!

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